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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 3.5.2011 edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082147
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former Minnesota governor, navy SEAL, and pro rassler Ventura has a new truTVshow investigating but not necessarily debunking conspiracy theories. This companion to the program, a sort of teaser, dissects such famed objects of unending speculation as the JFK, RFK, and MLK assassinations. Ventura concludes that none of those were twisted-loner crimes but rather resulted from conspiracies of varying vastness. Anent the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Ventura asserts that “our government engaged in a massive cover-up” and had “ties to the hijackers.” He ventures that “unanswered questions remain about how the towers were brought down and whether a plane really struck the Pentagon” and that the “Bush Administration either knew about the plan” or “had a hand in it.” Heady, paranoiac stuff, to be sure, but there are even more forthright charges regarding the assassination of Malcolm X, the Jonestown massacre, and the “stolen” elections of 2000, 2004, 2008, and, for that matter, 1980. Believable? Some of it. An action-packed read? You bet. --Mike Tribby --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“An action-packed read? You bet.” (Booklist)

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Jesse Ventura tells it like it is.
T. J. VanEtten
This book has references for `Further Reading' and `Notes' on the chapters; it lacks an Index.
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Bring back Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura!
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152 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth W. Kassen on April 22, 2010
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Jesse starts out by telling us his first days as Minnesota's first Independent governor and how he was requested to meet with and answer some questions by those wonderful folks with the CIA down in the lower area of the Minnesota Capitol Building. He is obviously a conspiracy nut (and I don't mean that in a derogatory way) who takes his research seriously and is meticulous. He has said "When I get denied something, I do the opposite of getting intimidated--I get angry." He's determined to get answers. He gives us an insight on the JFK, RFK and Lincoln assassinations, the Dr. King and Malcom X assassinations, and a great American hero whom most of the country has never heard. Marine Major General Smedley Butler prevented some of America's big name bankers and industrialist of what amounted to a take over of the country from FDR. These icons thought Butler was their man to pull it off. Instead, he read the Constitution and effectively brought an end to the conspiracy. I have a degree in American History and I wasn't aware that happened. He deals with the CIA and their escapades. He goes after Bush/Cheney and the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004. He takes us through the Jonestown Massacre. The first stolen election? Bush/Cheney you think? So did I, but he shows us how the Election of 1980 was the first stolen election. His take: "Reagan's people had cut a deal with Iran to keep the hostages beyond the presidential election, to ensure President Carter's negotiations with Iran failed and that he lost to Reagan." 9/11 is not a taboo subject for the former governor. Israel sent two senior agents of the Mossad to Washington in August 2001 to "alert the CIA and FBI to the existence of a cell of as many as 200 terrorists said to be preparing a big operation.Read more ›
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176 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hager on March 11, 2010
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This book is an excellent primer on some of the major political conspiracies in American history, from the Lincoln assassination to 9/11. Ventura's strong suit is avoiding the bogus conspiracy stories that have been planted to muddy the investigative waters and paint conspiracy theorists as a tinfoil hat brigade. Ventura knows those stories get planted by government spooks in the media to create straw men than can easily be torn down. Notice how we have a constant stream of "investigations" into UFOs on television, but nothing of any substance on 9/11? I was happy to see a chapter on Marine Corp. General Smedley Butler, a man who tried to blow the whistle on the Anglo-American cabal that was secretly running the country, manufacturing war for profit, only to be muzzled by Congress. Smedley should be celebrated as our greatest patriot since the Founding Fathers, instead he is virtually unknown. Another story that seldom gets told is how the Martin Luther King Jr. family won a civil case against the government for King's assassination after it was discovered two sniper teams were sent to Memphis that day, and that the bushes the sniper hid behind were immediately chopped down and removed a few hours after the shooting by police to sanitize the crime scene. Just as all the steel from the Twin Towers was disappeared as quickly as possible to sanitize that crime scene. Ventura picked one of the best researchers in the country to help him with this book, Dick Russell. Russell's book, "That Man Who Knew Too Much," is probably the best book ever written about the JFK assassination.
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142 of 160 people found the following review helpful By A. Shay on March 10, 2010
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This book simply is eye-opening. The conclusion that I get is that we can't trust the government and what is told and taught is not at all the reality. The research done for the book is outstanding and other than his opinions, they are mostly all government documents and well-reserched material.

Looking at some of the unfounded and idiotic bad reviews on this book, I ask -

Why is it easy to see corruption in countries like China, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea, and Cuba, but so hard to see the corruption in America? I believe it's because of so much brain-washing in Media, Education, and politics and while I love this country dearly, before we realized, we have become a near-fascist country.
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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Thorne on March 13, 2010
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AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES arrives at a time when conspiracies, specifically American conspiracies, are in the news now more than they have been in years. Oliver Stone appears on the Bill Maher show with a copy of JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE by James W. Douglass, and the book becomes a national bestseller. Elsewhere, ABC news reporter Chris Bury, at a conference in Philadelphia, labels noted FBI whistleblower Colleen Rowley a conspiracy theorist on camera after she critiques the Bush administration's curious activities prior to 9/11. The phrase `conspiracy theorist' is wielded as an all-purpose put-down by some, and unwillingly adopted by others who now question the `official story' surrounding any number of events.

As Rowley noted to her aggressive interviewer, a conspiracy is quite often simply "people deciding to do something bad". People who make such a decision aren't likely to announce it in a press release, hence the logical requirement of secrecy. Likewise, some misdeeds would require more than one person to be successfully carried out, hence the accompanying notion of collusion in private. Yet the idea of two, three or more people in key positions of power privately deciding to do something nefarious is viewed by the mainstream media as an invention of the mentally insane. Criminals might do it, the Mafia might do it, doctors or dentists or lawyers might occasionally do it (as folks from all walks of life are prosecuted for criminal acts every year), but the idea of certain politicians or elements within a government colluding to commit a criminal act is somehow viewed as beyond the pale.
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